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Example Programs

Here you’ll find some examples of the didactic areas that are thought in a long-term program.


1. Evaluation of the surfing conditions

  • wind
  • tide
  • undulation (swell)
  • currents
  • line-up
  • local surfers
  • aquatic animals
  • meteorology
  • planning a surf session

2. Wave Types

3. Surf Equipment

  • board types
  • board manufacturing
  • details of the shape and its importance
  • other surf equipment
  • surf equipment maintenance

4. Savety in the surf

  • priority rules and etiquette
  • falling safely
  • safely finishing the wave
  • and more security

5. Basic surfing techniques

  • rowing for the outside
  • passing the wave (duck dive)
  • turtle line-up and reading the waves
  • paddling to catch the wave and stand

6. Intermediate surfing techniques


  • Evaluation and development of the student’s physical ability.
  • Learning to observe technically biomechanical patterns in beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers to raise awareness of the self-assessment (learning to evaluate themselves on the board).
  • Establishing the coach-educator versus students relationship, based on mutual respect.
  • Promote the learning based on case studies and specific situations.
  • Start and improve the technical and tactical performance of the athletes.
  • Motor skills and basic dexterity for surfing (with gadgets applied to surfing, indoor board, etc.)
  • Specific learning for surfing: paddling, technique, tactics…
  • Understanding the nutritional scheme to enhance healthy eating habits.
  • General notions of life guards.
  • Learning how our mind works at the critical moment of surfing the wave.
  • General notions of physical forces (energy we generate with our movements and energies which are generated by natural causes) that act when we are surfing.
  • Wave mechanics.
  • Interpretation of weather reports.
  • Knowledge of the different types of sea bottoms and their effect on the formation of the wave.

This is only part one of the theoretical amount of content on which we can build the foundation of student’s learning…

Teaching techniques for beginners:

-Example program for the first week.

  • detailed paddling technique
  • sit and stay seated on the board
  • turning the board sitting
  • paddling in curves
  • “Emergency brake” before the “drop”
  • drop safely
  • Paddle “sprint” to enter the wave
  • stand straight and surf in the foam
  • controlled turns in the foam
  • complete sessions of evaluating the sea conditions


  • Being able to identify basic skills that complete the program of initiation to surfing to create a solid foundation on which to establish a line of actual future goals.
  • Orienting to the technical training and learning all the techniques used for the optimal evolution.
  • Understanding balance and its direct relationship with the technique of surfing.
  • Bringing the students to the surfing culture and its evolution.

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